Spartan Update Oct. 16, 2022


Spartan Update: October 16, 2022

Spirit days, the first pep rally for our senior class, delicious BBQ tailgate with live music, selfie stations with Dula, a win over Enloe and dancing the night away Saturday – IT WAS A GREAT HOMECOMING WEEK!  Thank you to all the staff, students, and parent volunteers who made it possible!


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October 18: Dig Pink Volleyball Game (tickets)

October 19: Yearbook Photo Retakes (schedule below)

October 22: Capital City Band Expo

October 25: Senior Yearbook Photos (formal tux/drape) - calendar sign up link

October 27 & 29: Sanderson Theatre presents Almost, Maine

October 27: AP Parent Night Presentation

October 28 - NEW DATE! Spartans on a Roll (Spring honor roll celebration) Students will receive invite.

November 8: Calendar Out (no school)

November 10: Early Release Day

November 11: Holiday (no school)

November 15: Pre-ACT for all 10th grade students





Calling all class of 23 – if you did not take your senior yearbook tux/drape photo this summer, sign up for pictures on October 25thStudents need to sign up through WakeID here to set their appointment:  Click on next available open 10/25 appointment - include the student name.

AP Parent Night Virtual Information Session

AP Deadlines and other important info for AP Exams. 5 pm - 6 pm. This session will be recorded.   Questions contact Ms. Johnson Ward. Bookmark this link for streaming access.

Governor's School Informational Meetings:

Encourage your 10th and 11th grade students to come to an informational meeting about the Governor's School on Tuesday, 10/18th during B & C lunch in Rm 232.  The North Carolina Governor's School is a four-week summer residential program for gifted and talented high school students, integrating academic disciplines, the arts, and unique courses on two campuses. Contact Ms. Johnson Ward for questions. Governor's School Parent NightVirtual Oct. 27, 2022 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM


The PTO is celebrating 362 students total - 106 10th graders, 118 11th graders, and 138 seniors for the prior semester honor roll on Friday, Oct 28 in the stadium.  Students will receive an invitation from the PTO.


We are excited to announce our friends at The Produce Box have chosen Sanderson to “share the harvest”! Sanderson will be the Feeding Families Partner for the month of October to help get fresh fruit and vegetables to food-insecure families (families/students that are identified have been displaced due to eviction, foreclosure, natural disaster, etc.) in our school community by featuring Sanderson High on their web store for the next month (month of October) through their feeding family program. The Feeding Families program gives The Produce Box members an opportunity to donate produce specifically to Sanderson. Any money raised through the “feeding families” program is set aside as credits for Sanderson to purchase fresh produce to share with the food-insecure families at Sanderson High School. This can be in the form of bulk produce or produce bundles that can help feed a family for the next few weeks.

Let me encourage you to visit this week and consider joining their program and supporting Sanderson. Questions:  Contact

Holly Days is almost here! On December 3rd and 4th, Sanderson becomes a festive holiday market with local vendors, one-of-a-kind crafts, silent auction gift baskets and so much more! In preparation for our school's largest fundraiser, we need donations. The Silent Auction Gift Baskets are made from community donations, so all the proceeds go directly toward supporting Sanderson programs. We are looking for contributions of any kind that can include pre-made gift baskets, empty baskets to create auction items, holiday ribbon/cellophane/basket fillers, or items from the Sanderson Student Activities Booster Club's Amazon Wishlist. Donations can be sent/brought to the main office. Please be sure to label items for Holly Days. Thank you!  Holly Days Information

The month of October is Countdown 2 College sponsored by College Foundation of NC

SHS is offering college prep related workshops Oct. 17-21 for both underclassmen and seniors.  Students should sign up in student services.  Slots are first come first serve.  Students will get a pass to attend their workshop when they sign up.

Topics include:

College Essay Help (10/17 & 10/19: seniors only)

Exploring Career Interests (10/17 & 10/21: grades 9-12)

College Application Assistance (10/18 & 10/21; seniors only)

Getting Started with the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) (10/19; for Seniors only)

The Start of Thinking About College (10/20; for 9th. and 10th. graders)

Onsite College Representative (UNC-G, Univ. of Alabama, UNC-Charlotte visits; Week of 10/17; grades 10-12; sign up here)




Sanderson Theatre presents: Almost, Maine

Showtimes October 27 & 29 at 7 PM. Tickets are available now! 12 Click here to join us for a great show!

SOS Signs of Suicide Prevention Program


The adolescent years are marked by a roller-coaster ride of emotions—difficult for youths, their parents, and educators. It is easy to misread depression as normal adolescent turmoil; however, depression (among the most common of mental illnesses) appears to be occurring at a much earlier age. Depression, which is treatable, is a leading risk factor for suicide. In addition, self-injury has become a growing problem among youth. To proactively address these issues, Sanderson is offering depression awareness and suicide prevention training as part of the SOS Signs of Suicide® Prevention Program. 

SOS lessons will be offered in Freshman Healthful Living classes on the following dates: Monday, October 11th, Thursday October 13th and Tuesday October 25th.  

Additionally, a SOS refresher presentation will be offered to Seniors in their English classes on Wednesday, October 19th and Thursday October 20th.

Our goals in participating in this program are straightforward:

  • To help our students understand that depression is a treatable illness
  • To explain that suicide is a preventable tragedy that often occurs as a result of untreated depression
  • To provide students training in how to identify serious depression and potential suicidality in themselves or a friend
  • To impress upon youth that they can help themselves or a friend by taking the simple step of talking to a responsible adult about their concerns
  • To help students know whom in the school they can turn to for help, if they need it

The goal is to educate your child and to give them guidance on how to get help for themselves or a friend. The program has several skits that illustrate real life situations that middle or high school students may experience. The skits show the students how to deal with each scenario correctly and safely. You know your child best and if your child is sensitive to this topic, please contact your child's counselor.

Parent letters have been sent home; you may opt your child out of the presentation by returning the signed SOS letter.   QUESTIONS: Contact Rashunda Jennings at


Lifetouch will be on campus Wednesday, October 19th to re-take student photos for 9th-11thAll students need a picture for required school ID purposes.


  • 9TH GRADE 7:30 - 8:15 AM
  • 10TH GRADE 8:15 - 9:00 AM
  • 11TH GRADE 9:00 - 9:45 AM
  • RETAKE PHOTOS 9:45 - 10:30 AM

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JUST FOR SENIORS – Class of 2023



The month of October is Countdown 2 College sponsored by College Foundation of NC


SHS is offering college prep related workshops Oct. 17-21 for both underclassmen and seniors.  Students should sign up in student services.  Slots are first come first serve.  Students will get a pass to attend their workshop when they sign up.

CFNC's Countdown 2 College activities help high school seniors complete three important college enrollment steps: residency, FAFSA, and applications. Many NC colleges and universities will be waiving application fees during College Application Week, October 17-21, 2022.   A list of colleges waiving their application fees next week is found here.

Seniors can also sign up for the CFNC virtual workshops here

 Click Here to view colleges waiving their application fees


Athletic Updates



  • Attendance Reminder: WCPSS requires the athlete to be present the entire day  in order to participate in activities or practices.  View athletics policy here.
  • Winter sports start on October 31
    • Our new men's head basketball coach is Roy Roberson.  His email address is  The men's team is currently working out on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.  
    • Our new women's head basketball coach is Matthew Hockaday.  His email address is  Their next workout is on Tuesday, October 11 from 5:30-7:00 pm in the auxiliary gym.

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